The holiday seasons are almost here! This means it's that time of the year when a lot of people will be coming and going to your home for celebrations. Of course, cleaning the house and decorating are not the only things that you need to do, especially when you have pets around the house. You need to make sure that your canine is prepared for the kind of excitement that the holidays could bring.
There’s no bigger disaster during the holiday season than a pet that goes out of control. With so many people to entertain and cater to, the last thing you want is to punish a petulant dog that gets too caught up in the moment. This is one of the reasons why you need to make the necessary preparations for your pet.
1. Teach your dog with simple commands
Do you have a new baby at home? Puppies can be quite a handful during the holidays especially if they are still untrained. The same goes for dogs that do not know how to follow commands.
Dogs that cannot follow “sit,” “leave,” or “heel” might cause a disaster during the holidays. If you do not want that to happen, you need to be prepared. Make sure that your dog knows how to follow these things by teaching them.
You need to spend the time to teach your canine about these things before the holidays come. Dogs can be excited to greet newcomers in your home and they could jump on your guests since that is their nature. So, you need to make sure that your pet can follow orders or else you will have a disastrous celebration.
2. Consider dog group training
Do you want your canine to take part in the joyful celebrations but you are concerned about how they will behave? Well, there’s a solution for that! Make sure that your canine is used to having a lot of people and possibly other dogs in the house.
By allowing your dog to join these group sessions, the holidays would be easier on your pets and they won’t be too overwhelmed with having so many things going on in the holidays. By teaching them some manners, it would be easy to keep them under control.
3. Place a gate that your dog can’t pass through on the kitchen entrance
Food and dogs are best friends. Sometimes, dogs cannot control themselves when it comes to food even if you are constantly telling them to leave food alone. If this is the case, the best choice is to keep your dog away from the kitchen where there are all sort of foods. If you can do this, it would be easier to keep your canine under control.
If you don’t want your dog to feel lonely in his corner, you can let it out, just make sure that he's not allowed in the kitchen. This choice is only possible if your dog can follow instructions because if not, your canine can still disturb the guests and beg for food.
4. Keep your dog in a crate
As much as you love your dog, there are cases where you don’t want your dog underfoot. If your dog tends to go crazy when there are too many things going on, then you have no other choice but to place your canine in a crate. This is also one of the reasons why you need to invest in a crate for your dog.
If you have a room for your pets, you can leave the dog there too together with other pets like cats as long as they get along. Make sure that their automatic pet feeder is working because it is easy to lose track of time during the holidays since there are a lot of people in the home that you have to attend to. Also, make sure they have water - your cat water fountain should be working properly, the same goes for your dog’s water supply.
This way, you can concentrate on the holiday celebrations and not worry that your pets will get into accidents or slip out of the house accidentally.
5. Leave your dog with a caretaker
If you need to celebrate at home but you don’t want to make your dog feel neglected, you may want to leave your dog with someone who can take care of it. Your dog may not want this and you might miss your canine which is the biggest disadvantage.
Holiday seasons are a great time of the year and your pets are a huge part of it. However, pets would be pets and they could be mischievous. Dogs, in particular, can disturb guests and run around causing havoc.
If you don’t want any disaster because of your pet, make sure that you train them properly or secure them in a safe place.
My name is Diana Hutchinson. I am the founder of Tinpaw.com.
I have more than 10-years’ experience in nurturing and caring dogs & cats. I love them. Since long ago they had become important members of my family.
This story is a guest submission and does not reflect the views of Dogs Monthly Magazine, always consult a qualified expert.
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